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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
Cinderella Tears by Jui-Wei Yang is a romance that touches upon a woman’s desperate desire to be wanted by a man. Hailey is being abused by her live-in boyfriend, Sam, but she refuses to leave him. Sam showers her with gifts and attention, when he isn’t using her as a punching bag. But Sam also has a wife, Nichole. Nichole’s family has money and Sam wants it, plain and simple. Nichole is looking for an excuse to divorce Sam, and when she finds out about Hailey, the marriage is over. The second story line in this novel focuses on Nichole’s father, Jeff, whose affair with a young exchange student named Rita is detrimental to the family. Rita’s plan is to get all of Jeff’s money, use their marriage to gain citizenship, and then divorce him and marry her high school sweetheart. But things don’t always go according to plan, and eventually enough is enough. Will Hailey finally decide that abuse doesn’t equal love? Will Jeff wise up to Rita’s plan to use him for his money? And if so, how will Sam and Rita react?
Cinderella Tears touches on some heavy topics like spousal and domestic abuse. Jui-Wei Yang explains some of the reasons that women would remain in a volatile relationship of that sort, and she does it in an interesting story about friendship and love. I was really surprised by the action that was present in these pages. Many of the characters have a martial arts background and use their knowledge to protect those being abused. I wasn’t expecting that much action from a romance, but it was a pleasant surprise and helped move the plot along.